Music Tonight: Nineties Indie Rock stalwarts Sebadoh bring their "Bakesale/Harmacy Remembering Time Tour" to Newport's Southgate House tonight. The tour is in honor of the recent reissues of the 1994 and 1996 albums in the tour title. Our Jason Gargano spoke to Sebadoh main-man Lou Barlow for this week's CityBeat and some of Barlow's comments about the quality of music in the ’90s have caused a minor uproar with some of our readers (and Lou himself has even politely chimed in; check the comments). Of the ’90s, a typically blunt Barlow said (and it should be noted he laughed often while saying this), “To me the ’90s were one of the worst periods in music — easily, hands down.
People used to complain about the ’70s being terrible, and I’m like, ‘Nope, the ’90s were the worst — the worst-sounding records.’ The only really good live bands were the ones that hated you, like Jesus Lizard and Pussy Galore, those were the really good bands.”
Alas, Guided By Voices fans must not have come across the article yet (Lou also takes to task — again, I believe, somewhat jokingly — Guided By Voices, because they broke the unspoken rule that once you've done a farewell tour you can't do a reunion tour, ever. Somewhere, Pete Townshend is laughing and rolling around in a pile of crisp £100 notes.)
I love Lou's outspokenness and have been lucky enough to see Sebadoh a handful of times over the past (gulp) 20 years (most notably in New York City on the tour for the band's then-just-released masterpiece, Bubble and Scrape). I understand they have had a reputation as a spotty live band, but I've never, ever been disappointed after a Sebadoh concert. Lou and bandmates Jason Loewenstein and Bob D'Amico headline tonight's 9 p.m. show; locals Army Coach and GVB-inspired U.K. band Mazes open. Below are a few "greatest hits" from the Sebadoh catalog.
• If you attend the Sebadoh show (or if you don't have the bucks but still wanna go out and see/hear live music tonight), be sure to visit the Southgate's Juney's Lounge, as Mike Ingram, of local Indie/Pop favorites The Seedy Seeds, leads an all-star band as a bonafide Country legend.
Presumably in honor of Halloween and not the launch of Mike's second career as a celebrity impersonator, Ingram is appearing as George Jones and leading the band (including his Seedy bandmate Margaret Darling and local Blues vet Ricky Nye) through some of George's greatest hits. Ingram's show (part of the SGH's "Hillbilly Thursday") kicks off at 9 p.m. and there is no admission. Think Mike and Margaret might pull this one out (Hee Haw setting and all)?
• MOTR Pub also has a great freebie show tonight, as Springfield, Mo., Indie Pop band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin performs alongside MidPoint Music Festival 2011 alumni The Sewing Circle. Show starts around 10 p.m. SSLYBY is out supporting its just released album Tape Club, which features 26 songs recorded over the past decade, from the earliest bedroom demos to unreleased tracks from the band's Let It Sway album (produced by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla). Click here to sample tracks from the "new" album and below enjoy a trailer/preview for Tape Club and the official video for Sway track "Critical Drain."
• One of Ohio's most famous Rock & Roll sons and the only man cool enough to make The Eagles even slightly tolerable, Joe Walsh, comes to the Taft Theatre tonight for a show with Kenny Wanye Shepherd. The Blues guitarist's band includes longtime singer, Noah Hunt, who cut his teeth in the Cincinnati music scene with the band Uncle Six (among other projects). Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $71.56-$84.86 (after fees and depending on where you wanna sit). Enjoy The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band's latest video, "Never Lookin' Back," from the latest release, How I Go.
(Leave your suggestions/promote yourself or your favorites by telling everyone about your favorite music event recommendations for the day in the comments below.)
Momentous Happenings in Music History for October 27 On this day in 1975, Bruce Springsteen-mania was officially in full force, as Newsweek and Time magazines both put the rocker on their covers, just a couple months following The Boss' breakthrough release, Born to Run. Here he and his crew are playing the title track "back in the day."
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a Oct. 27 birthday include: pianist (and "Nashville Sound" pioneer) Floyd Cramer; maniacally-patriotic Country singer Lee Greenwood (1942); E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent (1949); Stoned Temple Pilot Scott Weiland (1967); and Duran Duran singer Simon LeBon (1958).
As much as I loved Sebadoh in the ’90s (and still today), I think I may have loved Duran Duran even more in the ’80s. Whoops. Did I write that out loud? Sorry — I'll leave my music-critic gun and badge with the Captain (is it still Anthony DeCurtis?).
(The following video of Duran Duran's best song is NSFW. And pretty hot, in a steamy, artsy perfume commercial kinda way.)